Money Doesn’t Buy Pleasure…Ever 

Happy Monday guys! 

I thought I’d share this inspirational quote with you this morning. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. 

Discipline is a way,

Of expression.

Say you want to express your feelings in stone.
Now stone doesn’t give way very easily.

It’s tough stuff.

And so you have to learn,
The skill or the discipline,

Of the sculptor,

In order to express yourself in stone.

So in every other way,
What ever you do,

You require a skill. 

And it’s enormously important,
Especially for American people,

To understand,

That there is absolutely no possibility,

Of having any pleasure in life at all,

Without skill. 

Money doesn’t buy pleasure, 

– Alan Watts –

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Motivational Monday 

Happy Monday folks! I hope your day was full of adventure like mines 🙂 

For today, I would like to include 5 inspirational quotes about how to live your best life. 

I’ll let you in on a little secret before I mention them below. Majority of my mornings, I say a prayer, read my bible, and listen to videos about how to shift my mind. Let me tell you, that was the best thing I could’ve ever done. It helps me to become prepared for my day and to jump start a positive mindset. 

If you would like to jump start a more positive and fulfilling life, repeat these 5 quotes 3 times a week. I promise your mind will be transformed! 

  1. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” –Harvey Fierstein.
  2.  “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before.”-Albert Einstein.
  3.  “I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it.”-Maya Angelou.
  4. “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”- Phillipians 4:13
  5. It’s okay to feel sad. However, I will not dwell in my sorrow. Instead, I’ll pick myself up and give it all I got! -Chelsea S. Thomas 

These 5 quotes will help you obtain the prosperous life you have been so badly craving! 

Let me know what you think!!!

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Lesson Three: Cut The Excuses

Happy birthday to me!!!!

I am officially 24 years old and I would like to thank God for allowing me to see another year!

I am going to keep this short and simple….

Whatever you want to accomplish in life…DO IT!

You want to start a business…DO IT!

You want to travel…DO IT!

You want to relocate…DO IT!

You want to buy a house…DO IT!

Whatever it is, cut the excuses and just do it!

When you get rid of the reasons for why you cannot do something…you discover all of the reasons why you can.

I decided to cut the excuses and to face my fears head on, and create the life my future self would thank me for.

What will you decide to do?

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Lesson Two: Forgiveness

In order to move forward in life…you have to forgive those that have hurt you.

I have adopted the mindset to forgive those that have hurt me. And I am not referring to the, “I forgive you but I am going to bring what you did up constantly.”

I have truly learned to forgive people.

I forgive people for me.

Not only have I learned to forgive others for hurting me.

I have learned to forgive myself.

I have done some pretty crazy things in my life thus far. I realized the reason I was holding on to certain things in my life, was due to me not forgiving myself. You have to forgive yourself for the things you have done in your life.

You have to understand that we all make bad decisions and that is apart of life. Forgiving myself for my past mistakes, helped me to release a lot of pain and anger.

Forgiveness is essential to having a healthy happy life. Just take it one day at a time and before you know it, you’ll be moving forward with things within your life.

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Life Lessons Week

I turn 24 this week!!!

Let me soak that in for a bit…okay, I’m back.

In honor of my birthday, I will be sharing with you 3 life lessons I have learned for the next 3 days.

Life by no means is easy. There is no how to guide on how to survive this thing we call life. And I am not talking about life or death survival. I am talking about not letting your mind, your dreams, your goals, die.

I will be 24 this week, and I know I have way more to learn. However, the 3 life lessons I have learned, will help guide me through the rest of my life journey.

I want you to sit back and put on your favorite pair of yoga pants, and get ready to time travel with me!

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Who Cares, You’re great!

I am not sure if you have been the kind of person who cared what someone else thought about them. I know I am guilty of being this kind of person at some point in my life. I believe the only reason why we let it affect us, is we believe on some level of what is being said to be true.

When people lie on us, we tend to not give it energy. For an example, I can say that you’re not a good friend. You would pay me no mind, because you know you’re an excellent friend. When people tell our hidden truths about us to our face, we become upset and dwell on what was said. For an example, I can tell you that you’re never going to start your own clothing line, because you do not have what it takes. You will believe what I said, because you already told yourself in secret that you did not have what it takes to start your clothing business.

You see, negative words are just that. We give them life when we decide to believe what is being said about us.

I’ve come up with 4 ways to kick the negative comments to the curb and to focus in on what you feel to be true about yourself. Keep reading to discover what those 4 tactics would be!

  1. Understand, sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you: They are just words and they will not kill nor cause harm to your life, if you do not let them.
  2. The only opinion about you that matters, is what you think about you: Learn to be okay with you. Learn to look yourself in the mirror and be like, “damn, I am fine.”
  3. You do not need anyone to support your dream/goals, but you: If you only have yourself to support your idea/dream, that’s all you need. Truth be told, when things go bad or not as planned in your business, it is you that has to pick up the pieces and come up with a master plan…not your supporters. Learn to be your own cheerleader. It will help when or if you don’t have the support.
  4. You only get one life to live; stop letting people kill your vibe: You only get one life on this earth. Why spend it sad and depressed because someone did not say nice things about you? Who cares! It is their loss anyhow for not being in your presence.

These are my top 4 tactics on how to stop letting the negative comments from others affect how I view myself.

If I missed anything, make sure to let me know in the comments!

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Be The Change

We’re always talking about how things could and should be. Well, I have something inspirational to share with you today. So, keep reading 🙂

What Gandhiji said,
Is so true,
Be the change that you want to see.

Each one of us,
Can at least change yourself,
And that itself,
Is such a big force,
In changing the world
~ Aamir Khan ~

Watch the video below

Watch BE THE CHANGE (ft.Aamir Khan)

The tomorrow starts with you today!

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Entrepreneurship Foundation

Being an entrepreneur. Building a brand and a company is a lot of work.  If someone told you going into business for yourself is easy…they lied. However, working for yourself is very rewarding. I believe working solely or partly for yourself is the greatest thing you can do.

I am not knocking anyone that does not want to build a brand or start a company from the ground up, because being an entrepreneur is not for everyone, and that is okay. This post is more so directed towards people who have or are wanting to start a business.

Although, I work for someone else fulltime, I also run my very own business fulltime. It is a challenge not being able to dedicate my full day to my business, but I manage. I am going to provide some tips on how to make sure you’re staying on track with building your business. 

*P.S: Never put in more time building some else dream over your dreams. At the end of the day, that company gets their objective accomplished…make sure you do the same for your business.

  1.  Create the time: You’ll never have the time to build and promote your business with this thing we call life. You have to create the time. If you dedicate 1-2 hours a day, that will be 7-14 hours you have put into your business by the end of the week. It may not seem like a lot, but those hours add up.
  2. Stop making excuses: This is something I am working on daily. I can come up with 10,000 reasons for why I am not writing a chapter for my new book or why I am not out here promoting and networking with other individuals. However, those same 10,000 excuses will not get me any closer to achieving my goals for my business. We have to stop making excuses for why we cannot do something and start coming up with reasons for why we can do the things needed for our business.
  3. Get organized: Being organized will help things to flow within your business and will cause less stress. I use a planner, I make notes within my phone, and post things around my home for me to remember what I have planned for the day or the week.
  4. You have to have patience: I am learning how to have patience everyday. I know you do not want to work for someone forever, but let working someone fuel you to keep going. Nothing and I mean nothing happens over night. Everything works in Gods timing and not our own. Relax and enjoy the journey.
  5. NEVER GIVE UP: This is the number one and last rule! No matter what life throws your way, never give up. Never settle or change your idea/dream to fit someone else’s plan. Life is going to happen, whether you are ready or not. The goal is to strap on your shoes and get through the storms, all while pushing yourself and your business. Trust me, you’ll be happy that you did not quit.
  6. Believe in your business/dream: There will be times where you will have people rooting for you and there will be times where you will have people wishing for your downfall. The goal is to get to the point where you do not need anyone to believe in your dream. When you reach that point, you will not care if you have people rooting for you, because you’ll be rooting for you.
  7. Know your why: Your “why” will be what will get you through the tough times. It’s best to identify what that would be in the beginning.

Those are my 7 tips on how to jump start having a successful business. Of course, there is a lot more that goes into operating a business, but these are some pretty good foundations to start with.

If you found these tips helpful let me know. If you have anything else to add let me know. Make sure to share and like the post!

How to Ruin You 20s

Nobody said growing up would be so hard!

It’s really not as bad as we have made it out to be. In fact, if you follow these 6 guidelines you’ll rock out your 20s with a bang.

  1. Stop worrying: Yes, we all have plans and sometimes things do not go as planned. In fact, the plans we put together never really happens the we have imagined. Instead,  life throws us a few curve balls and we just have to do our best with riding the wave(s). Life is beautiful and you have to stop stressing over every little thing, because you’ll look up and your 20s will pass you by.
  2. Stop comparing yourself to others: This actually should be rule number 1. We too often get caught up in social media and what other people are posting about, that we question the things we are doing. You know, you see that Jo Jo received a promotion, Jackie lost 10 pounds, Judy got married, and Sarah is traveling the world, so you start to think that you failed in life. Truth is, you have not failed. lets be honest, there is no how to guide about how to live this thing we call life. You have to realize everyone is at different spots within their lives and just because you have not reached a certain point, does not mean you never will. It is just not your time. Instead of wishing you were doing what someone else is, try congratulating them and be appreciative of the things you have going on in your life.
  3. Learn to love you: When you truly learn to love yourself, you truly unlock the key to happiness. You do not care about what others are doing or thinking about you, because you understand and appreciate the person you are and the person you are becoming.
  4. If something is making you unhappy and miserable…change it:  We often get complacent in  certain things within our lives and become afraid to make the needed change, that we do nothing. We go everyday complaining about our jobs…relationship…finances etc. Instead of complaining about the things that makes us unhappy, how about coming up with a plan to change it. If you want to start your own business, map out a plan. If you want to travel more, map out a plan. If you want to start saving money, start small and watch your money build! Don’t go another day..month…year…with being unhappy. Make the change today.
  5. Relax, you’re only in your 20s: Don’t be in a rush to be 40. Enjoy discovering you and being 20 something. However, do not be irresponsible, because it will come back and bite you. If you keep living and enjoying the life you have been blessed with, everything will fall into place.
  6. Never settle: Do not settle in any area of your life. Do not settle in your relationship. Do not settle in your job. Do not settle with your finances. Do not settle with yourself.

All in all, enjoy your life! Don’t kill your 20s by doing too much 😉

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Make It Happen Monday!

Happy Monday guys!!

You all may know yesterday was my first event for this year and I am excited to share with you guys how it went!

First, I would like to say my support system is the bomb lol. I know a few people who do not have support about the things they want to do in life; which is one of the reasons they have a hard time pushing forward when obstacles come their way. So, I do not take it lightly when I am surrounded and motivated by individuals who believe in me and my dreams.  

Side Note: You do not need anyone to believe in your dreams. If I had no one, I would be okay. Why? Because I believe in my dreams and I strongly believe I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.

Second, the event was amazing!! To be in a room full of black authors was a dream come true. I knew I was not the only author in the world, but to be surrounded by so many black authors was exciting!

Third, I took a step outside my comfort zone and trusted God and myself. There comes a time in every entrepreneurs life where they have to take steps outside of their comfort zone to build themselves up, and to bring attention to their brand and or product. Engaging and speaking with so many readers and authors was the best part about yesterday. It was the first step I took in the direction to my dream of being a writer and author for a living.

I am writing this not to brag, but to tell you to get out here and MAKE IT HAPPEN! Whatever your dream or goal is, don’t wait for the “right time” because there will never be a right time. Today is the time. SO MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!

Here are some photos from yesterday 🙂

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